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Advocate

Advocate is the Bar’s national charity that makes it possible for barristers to balance a dedicated practice with making a significant contribution to the community. We match make members of the public who need help with barristers who are willing to donate their time and expertise in deserving cases for those who are unable to obtain legal aid and cannot afford to pay.

The Unit is an application based service which members of the public can access via referral from advice agencies, law centres, or their local MP.

The Unit ensures that in each case, the barrister providing assistance is of the same expertise and experience as would be expected in a paying case. Every application is subject to the same rigorous procedure of checking, reviewing, communicating with the applicant, allocating to a barrister where appropriate and closing down once the work is complete.

We are the sole pro bono charity to provide legal assistance in all areas of law, across all levels from tribunal through to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Over 3600 barristers including a third of all QC’s have committed to take on pro bono cases on behalf of our applicants.

Application deadline: 
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Advocate is seeking 25 dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to volunteer as Summer Casework Volunteers. For four days a week over a one month period, between June and September, you will be in our busy office in Chancery Lane.

This Casework Volunteer position is a fantastic opportunity to obtain unique exposure to the Bar as a profession and to a wide range of areas of law. You will also learn a great deal about the needs of litigants in person.

You must have completed at least one year of law-related study or have one-year experience of law-related work experience.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at our offices in weeks commencing 6th and 17th May. The interview will include a written assessment.

You must be available for one month between June – September 2019.

The available 4-week slots are:

• 10 June - 5 July

• 8 July - 2 August

• 5 August - 30 August

• 2 Sept - 27 Sept

Role Aim: 

This Casework Volunteer position is a fantastic opportunity to obtain unique exposure to the Bar as a profession and to a wide range of areas of law. You will also learn a great deal about the needs of litigants in person.

Duties: 

• Summarising applications ready for Reviewing Barristers

• Taking phone call enquiries from the public

• Completing case reports

• Allocating cases and writing summaries which are sent to volunteer barristers across England and Wales and placed on our website

• Administrative support

Skills needed: 

You must have completed at least one year of law-related study or have one-year experience of law-related work experience. Voluntary sector and office experience is preferred but not essential.

Training: 

Full training will be provided by our casework team. Successful applicants must be available to attend two evening training sessions the week before their start date.

Location: 
London, UK
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
This role is available four days a week over a one month period, between June and September, Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 17:00. Advocate can offer a degree of flexibility around other work experience or commitments.
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Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here